F1 drivers are ‘prima donnas’

Ron Walker, the chairman of the Australian Grand Prix, has hit out at ‘prima donnas’ in F1 after a number of drivers complained about visibility during this year’s race.

The start of the race had been moved to make it more suitable for a European audience, which left the Albert Park event to run into the Melbourne evening.

That led to some drivers complaining about visibility around the street circuit in the closing stages of the race, with seven-time title winner Michael Schumacher revealing that the FIA had measured light levels at the event and are set to make changes for 2011.

However, Walker hit out at the comments made by drivers and insisted that there was nothing wrong with the start time. He also accused some F1 stars of being ‘prima donnas’

“It’s clearly not dangerous,” he told the Herald Sun. “You can’t please these drivers. They are a bunch of lazy people who won’t do anything to help the sport, except for two or three.

“A lot of drivers are prima donnas. They are never happy.”

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It is not Aussies. It is Business people. As an Aussie I disagree with Whats-His-Face. Business people giving advice on racing from the back seat of their limos.

The worst are Americans who tell countries they should be like the good’ol’USA. Take for example the NSW(Australia) premier who is a Yank. Telling people they were lucky the Tsunami caused by the earthquake in Chile failed to arrive at the beaches, when Thousands of Aussies packed the beaches to have a look at what they were hoping was going to be a Tsunami. Most Yanks panic about everything. All those people waiting in the water on Surfboards hoping to catch the wave into town to grab a bite at the take-away, Disappointed.

As for Aussies realising there is life off our island. Australia has the most people anywhere abroad at one time, percentage wise. We are everywhere learning about people in their cultures. Interestingly, I was in Laos last year and most the young Brits I ran into treated the tourist towns as their asian playground with attitudes unfit for the local cultures.

Disgraceful.

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Well, if F1 decides to move the race back to twilight it has accept the consequences….that means having a little sun in the drivers eyes. The drivers are professionals after all. If they can’t handle driving into a bit of sun down the main straight then they shouldn’t be F1 drivers.

Most of those drivers seem a little precious, although I don’t think they’re lazy. That’s rubbish.

If F1 wanted the sport to grow, they’d get the drivers to stop being so boring and actually speak their mind. Media exposure is half the battle and when they’re surly, boring and non responsive, people aren’t going to warm to the driver’s or the sport.

People want to see passion not petty excuses such as “it’s too bright”. Get on with it and stop complaining.

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If it wasn’t for bernie eclestone winging and saying to ron Walker “oh my friends in Europe have to get up so early on a Sunday morning to watch the Aussie GP. Move the race start forward 2 hours to 5PM or we”ll take the race off you” then there wouldn’t be a probrlem in first place. Originally Bernie wanted to make the Aussie GP a night race.

Many Aussies for years have had to stay up till the wee hours of aq Monday morning before going to work to watch european and American GP’s. We haven”t winged about it, we”ve just deal with it and go to work tired the next day.If you record it, then you find out in the news the next day who won before getting a chance to watch it which sucks.

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In response to “F1 Mark”, Don’t put all Aussies in with “Ron Walker”. Ron’s a wanker! He’s just trying to get in the news! The same way he did years ago when he had a go at Michael Schumacher for Bagging Albert Park. Schumacher said that he didn’t really like the track. So Ron went running off to the press and started slagging off Schuey. Now I’m not a fan of Schumacher. He’s certainly one of the best skilled drivers I’ve seen in F1 but not a fan I have to say. BUT, if he doesn’t find the track interesting, exciting, or even just not liking it full stop, that’s his opinion. And a fair enough one too! he’s the one driving on it. Not sitting in a corporate box drinking champagne like Boof-head Ron. I think the race was dark. I live in Melbourne. It was dark. Should start at least 1 hour earlier. If the race went to the 2 hour maximum time limit, I would’ve been almost night. We do know that there’s life outside of this Island. It’s just Mr Walker that doesn’t!!!!!

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Of course they’re primma donnas, and we all would be too in their position. Mr Walker is a bit foolish though, has he ever driven an F1 car around a street circuit? As for comparisons with other racers, you can see out of a WTCC car. Everyone knows the view from an F1 car is diabolical. Mr Walker should just be happy that Melbourne provided an exceptional race after the disaster that was Bahrain.

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Yes Mr Walker, they are lazy, all they have to do is sit in a cockpit travelling at 200mph, deal with crazy G forces, make sure the car doesn’t spin off in the corner, change the brake balance, change the front wing setting, brake as late as possible and get on the power as soon as possible. Wow that’s a long list. Do you want to try that with barely any light one minute and the sun in your eyes the next Mr Walker? I bet you would be even worse than Luca Badoer!

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Hey, what is everybody expecting? Ron Walker is a POLITICIAN!

So don´t waste time to discuss about his competence …

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they should change the mirrors you try and drive without your mirrors and block people without them lmao youl have sum1 hittin in the back of you

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well we all no that the ferrari two are primadonnas lol and the aussies can go to hell

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f1 is fu–ed up

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@15: the minimum weight allowed by the rules is 650kg, now that they have the refulling ban, & therefore bigger cars, they won’t get close to 700kg

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It’s kinda true! They’re less agressive now…
Ayrton – Mandell!
Schumacher – Mika Hakkinen!
I loved their battles!

But they’re also not so bad as he said… Chill…

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Maybe they should start the race at midday. They won’t be able to say the sun was in their eyes.
Hey ferrari f–ker, You’re just a winging pom as well.

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